Curt Melliger’s favourite place in the world is the San Juan Mountains — as evidenced in his book ‘Where the Weeds Grow’
At 65, Curt Melliger is, for the primary time since childhood, totally settled.
A brand new first-time home-owner, residing in the center of city in Cortez is a far cry from the approach to life he’s been residing since 17.
Back then, Melliger totally deliberate on attending faculty on a baseball scholarship. Hailing from a small city in Nebraska, he thought he would return to his native state after a street journey earlier than courses began.
In what he describes as his “old Volkwagen hippie van,” he drove West.
North of Durango, it blew up, and his life was without end modified, he mentioned.
And to his father or mother’s dismay, he wasn’t going residence.
“They thought maybe I got involved in some weird cult or something, so they sent the sheriff to check on me, and I told him ‘No, I’m fine, I just don’t want to go back to any more school or college or Nebraska. I’m a mountain man,’” he mentioned.
In a sit-down with The Journal, flute music taking part in in the background and cat perched at his aspect, Melliger recounted the experiences of his life — which he doesn’t consider is his first. Melliger mentioned his preliminary draw to the mountains of the Southwest, and a pull that saved him coming again.
Here and all over the place he’s been, he’s spent an excessive amount of time pondering the non secular world. He’s fascinated by matters like synchronicity, desires, inconceivable coincidences, near-death experiences, the internal workings of nature and his perception that all of us have invisible angels guiding us alongside the best way.
He needs you to examine them in his latest book, revealed in May: “Where the Weeds Grow.” It’s accessible for buy on-line at ozarkmt.com, amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.
His new book explores how the totally different environments he’s skilled – from skid row in California to this nook of Colorado – harbor keys to enlightenment he believes exist past the floor.
“I think the human race used to be much closer to nature, and we’ve kind of been divorced from it,” he mentioned.
The summer season after Melliger graduated highschool, he hitchhiked to Alaska, and spent his life as one thing of a nomad, by no means laying everlasting roots wherever.
He labored odd and sometimes harmful jobs till he was in a position to help himself with writing later in life – a present he didn’t notice he had till pals inspired him to hunt publication.
The book follows his first: “Heaven Here on Earth.” Melliger says his greatest writing takes place round 4 a.m., and he doesn’t sort his phrases on a pc, preferring to hand-write them — a testomony to his quest for simplicity.
He’s saddened by the discount in childlike wander he sees in some folks, he mentioned, and hopes his book reminds folks of it.
“I never got in line. And I feel sorry for people that do, because we’re wild creatures on a wild planet, and we can do anything we want,” he mentioned. “There is no limit.”
Out of the locations he’s lived, he’s most at residence in the San Juan Mountains – they usually have inspired a lot of his writing.
While everybody may not share his way of living, he pertains to others drawn to the area who discover peace in the varied landscapes — the expanses of deserts and mountain peaks — that encourage deep reflection inside many.
“I love writing about the strange things that happen to us and the doors that open and wisdom we get from strangers and insights from just being there at sunrise,” he mentioned. “I spend a lot of time out in nature because that’s where I feel most at home. I’m never alone in nature.”